Cecil Dillon


  • NHL: 1930-40; 10 seasons, 8 quality[1. By modern PPG standards]
  • 167G (14th All Time at his retirement), 131A for 298P (17th) in 453 games; 43.7 PS
  • At his retirement, Dillon was 11th All Time in GPG, 23rd in APG and 12th in PPG[2. Minimum 300 games]
  • At his retirement, Dillon was 18th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • Era: Dillon is 2nd in Goals, GPG, Points and PPG, 5th in Assists and APG, 3rd in OPS and PS, 6th in Games[3. Of the 8 players to play in at least 450 games between 1930 and 1940]
  • 82-game average: 30G, 24A for 54P
  • 3-year peak (1933-36): 48-game average of 19G, 16A for 35P
  • Playoffs: 14G, 9A for 23P in 43 games
  • Adjusted: 288G, 295A for 583P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 52G, 53A for 106P
  • If the qualifier is set to 300 games, Dillon is 23rd All Time in Adjusted PPG
  • Traded once within the NHL.


  • Top 5 Offensive Player[4. By Offensive Point Shares] once (’38), Top 10 four times (’32, ’35, ’36)
  • Scored 25 goals once, 20 goals five times[4. 1 of only 9 players to do so by his retirement]
  • Top 5 in Goals twice, Top 10 six times
  • Top 5 in GPG twice, Top 10 six times
  • Top 5 in Assists once, Top 5 in APG once
  • Top 5 in Points twice
  • Top 5 in PPG twice
  • 1st Team All Star once, 2nd Team twice.

Great Teams

  • Best Skater[5. Led the playoffs in goals and points] on one Champion (’33 Rangers), Top 3 Forward[6. By points] on one Final Four (’35 Rangers), Top 6 Forward[7. By points] on two Runners Up (’32, ’37 Rangers) and one Final Four (’31 Rangers), Top 9 Forward[8. By points] on one Final Four (’40 Red Wings), Injured on one Final Four (’39 Rangers).


I get why Dillon – one of the first American-born NHL players – is not in the HOF. What I’m curious about is why there are other players with similar resumes who are.

However, if we decide that it’s a reasonable standard that anyone in the Top 25 (or even Top 15) of any major category at his retirement is a Hall of Famer, Dillon should be in.

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